Vancouver International Film Festival 2021
Screening Dates
VIFF 2021

“[O]ffers insight into the impossible space so many young Egyptian women inhabit, where what’s forbidden by religion is so commonly available virtually”

Jay Weissberg, Variety

Bassant Ahmed gives a subtle, persuasive performance as the heroine of this realist drama. Her Souad is a beautiful, brittle young woman trapped between the repression of a conservative society and the dubious freedoms of social media. She’s trying to balance her burgeoning sexuality, the strictures of her traditional family, the temptations of the online world, and an online romance with the caddish Ahmed (Hussein Ghanem). Eventually, things come to a head in an act made all the more disturbing by its discreet depiction. Director Ayten Amin displays a strong talent for the subtly decisive moment, and also for surprising shifts in focus—as when the story turns to Souad’s younger sister Rabab (Basmala Elghaiesh) and her quest to confront the unknown. Haunting, mysterious, and disturbingly plausible, Amin’s film shows her to be a major talent.

Cast: Bassant Ahmed, Basmala Elghaiesh, Hussein Ghanem, Hager Mahmoud, Sarah Shedid, Carol Ackad

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The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the Vancouver International Film Festival in co-presenting these in-cinema screenings during VIFF 2021. Please note that Cinematheque Passes and Ticket Packs are not valid for any Vancouver International Film Festival screenings.